Palm Desert—with its evergreen golf courses, bustling shopping district, and lively entertainment—is anything but deserted. Still, if it's solitude you seek, this quintessential Tinseltown getaway offers just that. Discover both sides of the desert with this week's Escape to the Inn at Deep Canyon.
A two-hour drive from Los Angeles, the inn is offering a two-night stay for two, Sundays through Thursdays ($120) or Fridays and Saturdays ($140). If you're a lone vacationing maverick, take Fido with you to this pet-friendly, 32-room hotel.
Drop your sunglasses over your nose once you reach your King or Double Room, equipped with Wi-Fi and cable television. Many of the rooms also come with kitchenettes, and all are no more than a few steps from the large palm-lined pool and the adjacent Jacuzzi, which is rarely attended by more than a handful of other visitors.
After your complimentary breakfast, offered to each guest both days, explore the Coachella Valley. Peek inside the stores at The Gardens on El Paseo—Anthropologie, Saks, and about 50 others, including two art galleries—then head for The Living Desert, which is literally buzzing with life: Insects, plants, rattlesnakes, birds of prey, bighorn sheep, and other exciting wildlife call this sanctuary home.
Play a round of golf at the Desert Willow Golf Resort, named one of the Best Places to Play by Golf Digest, and choose between the eco-friendly Firecliff Course, loaded with challenging water hazards, or the more easy-going Mountain View Course, both at the Desert Willow Golf Resort.
Then, feast your eyes on, well, a feast at the authentic Chez Pierre Bistro, which offers comfortable seating for single diners as well as intimate two-tops for couples. Start with escargot de Bourgogne and a glass of French vin before tucking in to roast crispy duck in a lavender honey sauce.
With so much to do in this desert oasis, you'd think this week's Escape were a mirage.
PAID VALUE EXPIRES ON September 1, 2020
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Inn at Deep Canyon
A Two-Night Stay for Two, Sundays through Thursdays ($120) or Fridays and Saturdays ($140), in a King or Double Room with Daily Continental Breakfast for Two
- from $120